September 8, 2010

No. 6 Bulldogs Primed For Racing

Home Regatta To Kick Off Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs begin the fall campaign this weekend at home, hosting the Harry Anderson Trophy.  The team is the defending champion of this event, and hopes to repeat on Sunday afternoon.  Yale also travels to Maine Maritime Academy for the Harman Cup and Roger Williams for the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational. 

The Elis have been practicing out of their Short Beach facility since late August, and this will be the team's first chance to test how well it cleaned out the off-season rust. Starting the season at home has always been special for the Bulldogs, who affectionately refer to the Anderson Trophy as the "Harry A's."  The event is named for Harry H. Anderson '43, a major force behind the establishment of Yale sailing.  Last year, the Bulldogs won the event for the first time since 1991.

Twenty teams from around the country will travel to the McNay Family Sailing Center to compete in Yale's fleet of 420s. Notables include Brown, Harvard, Roger Williams and Tufts, all ranked in the top 10 nationally.  The Bulldogs are ranked sixth.

Junior and co-ed team captain Joseph Morris will skipper A division for the Bulldogs.  Senior Liz Brim will crew, with sophomore Rafi Fernandez on standby should the weekend turn breezy.  Sophomore Cam Cullman will sail in B division with women's team captain and senior Blair Belling. 

In a change for 2010, ICSA will sail its national sloop championship as a match race tournament as opposed to the standard fleet race regatta.  In a match race, two boats, one from each school, go head to head around a windward-leeward course.  This is the style of racing found in the America's Cup. Teams compete in a bracket playoff before two schools ultimately face off in the championship round.  This weekend, the Bulldogs will send a team to Maine Maritime Academy for the Harman Cup, the qualifier to the New England Match Race Championship.  Though it is a qualifier for a match race regatta, the Harman Cup will be a fleet racing event, with eight teams fighting for three transfer slots.  Schools will race the Colgate 26, a keelboat piloted by four sailors.  Representing the Bulldogs will be junior Rob Struckett and freshmen Max Nickbarg, Amanda Salvesen and Chris Segerblom.     

The Bulldogs will also send a team to the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational, hosted by Roger Williams.  This is the first event of the Southern Series season.  Senior Andrew Kurzrok and sophomore Isabel Elliman will race A division.  Joining them will be Seniors Nathan Stevens and Tatyana Camejo in B division.  Camejo recently returned to the Bulldogs after a semester abroad. 

High pressure is expected to settle over New England on Saturday, implying warm, clear days but potentially little wind.  Harman Cup racers may face significantly different conditions, with Downeast Maine nearly a full day's weather behind southern New England.

Racing begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Report filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity